Using HMI lighting in high speed filming applications
Shooting at high frame rates requires substantial lighting levels which makes HMI sources an ideal choice. However, the process can reveal artefacts in the light which would not be apparent at regular shooting speeds. Dr Phil Ellams of Power Gems gets to the source of the potential issues and offers... Read Full Article
Save the date. Power Gems at Matthews Garage Sale
On Sunday 3 June – the day after Cine Gear – Power Gems will be at the Manufacturers’ overstock and demo sale hosted by Matthews Studio Equipment. If the past four years are anything to go by, you’ll want to be there to take advantage of deep discounts.
Among the great discounts last year... Read Full Article
The Power Gems LF150P 20,000 milestone
For as long as we can remember, the LF150P module has been a critical component for the manufacture of Power Gems ballasts, and in April 2018 we reached a key milestone when the 20,000th rolled off the production line.
In the past three years, production has doubled to keep up with the demand for... Read Full Article
China’s movie industry gets Power Gems
In August 2017, Power Gems entered the world’s second-largest film market, China, with the opening of a Service Centre in Shanghai. It’s been an interesting six months, and our commitment to the market has already paid dividends. Working with our valued partner, China Film Equipment Company (CFE... Read Full Article
Power Gems ballasts on location for Sky One drama
EB1812P 18K Power Gems ballasts stocked by PKE Lighting were spotted on location in Manchester for the filming of a high-speed car chase for Curfew, a new Sky One drama starring Sean Bean. The technical base was right outside our old building, and just round the corner from our new building. Must be... Read Full Article
Power Gems new Los Angeles location. We’re moving
From 2 April, Power Gems' new home will be a 2,332 sq ft modern facility in Santa Clarita, CA, USA.
We spent the past 6 years in a building about 20 miles from our new location, and it served us well but it was due for redevelopment. The new place just north of Hollywood gives us ... Read Full Article
From Stills to Film and TV: Power Gems interviews Toby Newman of Pixipixel
Pixipixel is a lighting, camera and grip equipment hire company based in London. Since 2002, the family-owned business has grown to a team of 55 by expansion from photographic kit rental into TV and film camera and lighting rental. Over the last 12 months, all of the ballasts on their shelves have b... Read Full Article